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Is it me or is this not a normal play date activity?

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ButterflyBitch Thu 16-May-19 20:15:31

My son has been on a play date recently where he and his friend where sucking helium out of birthday balloons. He’s not quite 10.
Is it me or if this odd?
I’ve googled and think it won’t cause harm but it’s not ideal is it? Just a bit baffled that on a normal after school play date this was one of the things they did.
I don’t know whether to mention to the mum or not that I’m not overly happy about it. confused

Gribbie Thu 16-May-19 20:16:20

Harmless fun. Leave them be.

Jammiebammie Thu 16-May-19 20:16:44

My kids have done this, perfectly normal.

CaptainMyCaptain Thu 16-May-19 20:17:19

I don't know if it's harmful but it's very wasteful. The helium is a finite resource needed for MRI scanners among other things.

Boohootoyootoo Thu 16-May-19 20:17:37

Whaaaat??? This is totally normal for 10 year old boys and is probably on the more tame end of what they get up to! You've got some shockers coming if this one gets you worked up! Wait til he's 13!!!

klendraa Thu 16-May-19 20:17:45

I mean-
kids find doing that funny because it’s makes you speak funny/sound funny. I wouldn’t mention it - it doesn’t cause any harm and I’m sure ur son enjoyed it smile

Scion457 Thu 16-May-19 20:18:33

Sounds pretty typical 9/10 year old behaviour and I can’t imagine the mum was hanging around to tell them not to do it. Leave it, no harm done. Tell your DS not to do it again but I can’t image they have a ready supply of helium.

ButterflyBitch Thu 16-May-19 20:23:18

Ok won’t mention it to the mum. I have spoken to him and told him I don’t want him to do it again but you’re right as a one off it should be fine.
I could imagine they’d find it hilarious 🤦🏻‍♀️

RoomR0613 Thu 16-May-19 20:23:38

Sounds normal to me for that age group if there was spare helium balloons flying around. I doubt the parents sat them down and made them do it as a planned activity. At least the helium was getting a second use by keeping them entertained for a bit.

Bluetrews25 Thu 16-May-19 21:38:53

I'm pretty sure that a boy in my DC2s class at school died after inhaling a lot of helium. It was deliberate, sadly.
So I wouldn't encourage this.

droppinglikeflies Thu 16-May-19 21:40:38

Isn’t it dangerous?
I’ve done it before and felt like I was going to pass out.

FiremanKing Thu 16-May-19 21:44:21

I would not encourage this at all.

www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.delish.com/food-news/news/amp54281/never-suck-helium-out-of-a-balloon/

MondeoFan Thu 16-May-19 21:46:57

Oooohhh no I wouldn't be happy about this but I think I'm in the minority

theSnuffster Thu 16-May-19 21:49:12

I thought it was dangerous? Or maybe my parents told me it was dangerous to stop me from doing it 😂

EinsteinsArousedSausagesHCB Thu 16-May-19 21:51:32

We used to do this a lot as kids, always ok, until one of my cousins passed out. Never did it again after that. Don't let the DC either.

Saying that, as it's a one off, I wouldn't mention it to the other mum. Instead I would explain to the DC that I don't want them to do that in future and why.

littlepeaegg Thu 16-May-19 21:53:28

Oh my god I used to love doing that when I was a kid, it made your voice all silly and high pitched! Come on.

Greenfield19 Thu 16-May-19 21:54:59

I wouldn’t be happy with my kids doing this tbh

Pinkarsedfly Thu 16-May-19 21:56:21

I bought a helium gas canister years ago to blow up balloons for an event. It had a ‘May cause death if inhaled’ warning on it.

I was gutted, because I’d been desperate to try it blush

zippey Thu 16-May-19 21:58:19

I would do this. Supervision is the key. Never done it before though.

Lovemusic33 Thu 16-May-19 22:03:15

I remember doing this as a child 🤣 it was great fun and I’m still alive with no long term effects.

Echobelly Thu 16-May-19 22:03:44

It was pretty normal when I was a kid, if it's not now it's only because parents are more neurotic. I don't see the harm in it.

LadyRannaldini Thu 16-May-19 22:06:50

I don't know if it's harmful but it's very wasteful. The helium is a finite resource needed for MRI scanners among other things

You need a badge on your door, Kiljoy lives here.

bigbadbadger Thu 16-May-19 22:07:18

Helium isn't dangerous but not getting oxygen is! So its fine to have a breath of it and speak in a funny voice but not to glug it for ages. And it should NEVER be taken from the canister directly, that is VERY dangerous.

ineedaknittedhat Thu 16-May-19 22:07:21

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/inhaling-gas-from-helium-balloons-no-laughing-matter-it-can-kill/news-story/4126938014edcc1cac02ae8c7ca2de83

It can kill, so it might not be a good idea to do it.

VioletCharlotte Thu 16-May-19 22:08:59

Totally normal for 10 year old boys. I can remember mine doing this at birthday parties.

DontDribbleOnTheCarpet Thu 16-May-19 22:09:07

I'm sure I've heard of helium being used for suicide and the last time I saw a helium cannister there was a warning on it about not inhaling the gas.

So yeah, I'd be mentioning it and making sure my kids knew not to do it, and why.

CherryPlum Thu 16-May-19 22:09:54

I'd be quite cross and a bit perplexed as that is not a normal playdate activity at all. I did it at age 12 and I still remember how ill it made me feel, sick, dizzy, lightheaded, sweaty, I almost fainted and it was horrible.

steff13 Thu 16-May-19 22:11:28

I don't know if it's harmful but it's very wasteful.The helium is a finite resource needed for MRI scanners among other things.

How is sucking helium out of balloons wastful? If they were sucking out of a canister, ok. But that helium is already used, isn't it? The helium leaks out and the balloon "dies."

DavetheCat2001 Thu 16-May-19 22:14:45

A friend of mine committed suicide a few years back by inhaling helium.

chickywoo Thu 16-May-19 22:16:29

Its a normal kids thing to do, hes probs seen someone else do it, I've always done this and the kids find it hilarious until last year I did it in Turkey and i don't know what kind of fecking helium they use there but it was like drinking diesel!! I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth for ages and a disgusting burning smell up my nose! I'll be too scared to do it again 😐

Isadora2007 Thu 16-May-19 22:19:18

It has previously been seen as a harmless and fun thing to do but it is known to be dangerous and has caused deaths.
I wouldn’t be allowing my child to do this- though it’s not a normal thing to do on a play date (are they even called this age 10?) it’s not abnormal either...

Hecateh Thu 16-May-19 22:20:57

The only reason I got my kids helium balloons when they were little - so me and my friends could have some fun after. ... Until the little sods grew up enough to know about it and then there was no point buying them any more as there was never any less for us.

Solo Thu 16-May-19 22:22:37

I knew someone that committed suicide using helium too. I made my Ds promise he'd never suck it from balloons and told him why. And just because lots of posters here have done it and are fine...well, lots of people run across the road in traffic and are fine; doesn't make it a good, clever or sensible thing to do.

SpunBodgeSquarepants Thu 16-May-19 22:22:46

Well I'm 31 and still find this hilarious and will do it at any opportunity and will also make my 5yo do it too, he finds it equally as hilarious. It might make them a little lightheaded but they're hardly huffing glue.

ButterflyBitch Thu 16-May-19 22:25:13

Maybe not a play date at this age but you know what I mean. I’ve spoken to my son and I will leave it at that. Think it was just balloons but will explain I don’t want him doing it again as can be dangerous. Thanks for the replies.

FizzBuzzBangWoof Thu 16-May-19 22:28:23

I imagine the balloon was left over from a recent birthday or party rather than the host Mum bought it specially so the boys could suck helium as a special play date activity grin

Kittykat93 Thu 16-May-19 22:29:35

Honestly I had no idea you could die from this, but glad I know now.

BringItIn Thu 16-May-19 22:42:43

It's not a great idea at all. Personally I would speak to the mum (in a "you probably didn't realise this could be dangerous, i wasn't aware myself til very recently" kind of way).

goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/inhaling-helium-%E2%80%94-just-hilarious-or-health-threat

Myfoolishboatisleaning Thu 16-May-19 22:42:44

It can be dangerous, before I knew this all the kids were doing it at my dc’s birthday party. Straight from the canister. I would not do it now, but it is something kids love to do. It is very funny.

Ferii Thu 16-May-19 22:52:38

I'm a nurse, I've seen children pass out from inhaling too much helium and get a head injury from the fall. I wouldn't be happy if my child did this on a play date. I'd also not want to normalise huffing gases from balloons given the number of teenagers huffing nitrous for fun these days. As others have mentioned helium is a finite gas and used for important in medical devices so I'm never keen on people using it for recreational balloon use anyway.

AlexaAmbidextra Thu 16-May-19 23:06:44

and will also make my 5yo do it too

Really? You’ll make your child do something that has been known to cause death or injury? hmm

yermawyabas Thu 16-May-19 23:47:34

I'm mid 30s and have done this on occasion.

I nearly passed out once I inhaled so much so lesson learnt. Short bursts only and never inhale too much in one go.

Hobosno Thu 16-May-19 23:52:06

I’ve never done it, always heard it was dangerous.

IfOnlyOurEyesSawSouls Thu 16-May-19 23:53:00

@DontDribbleOnTheCarpet and @CaptainMyCaptain

The helium in balloons is different from pure helium which is more difficult to access as it has indeed been identified In suicide.

EnidButton Fri 17-May-19 00:35:44

I know two people who passed out doing this, two separate occasions. One was a huge middle aged bloke and one a 12 year old child. I don't think it's as harmless as people think it is. Listen to the nurse up thread^

EnidButton Fri 17-May-19 00:36:24

* I know of. I don't know them personally, just saw it happen.

CrispbuttyNo1 Fri 17-May-19 00:42:45

I've done plenty of daft stuff but inhaling a gas into my lungs and my bloodstream isn't among them. I wouldn't be impressed.

CrispbuttyNo1 Fri 17-May-19 00:43:32

And as for encouraging your 5yo child to do it.. Words fail me.

EugenesAxe Fri 17-May-19 00:52:18

LadyRannaldini maybe I need one too, as this is an important point being raised.

I hate the stupid obsession with helium balloons; so much exhibitionism on FB with "Check out my DD/DS whose age is three feet long and floating next to a huge pile of materialistic crap in fancy paper!"

I don't know when parents are going to realise none of this matters, compared to the lack of future they are creating for their children.

Having said all that, The Day Today Sinn Fein sketch is still hilarious.

BarbaraofSevillle Fri 17-May-19 04:36:53

Helium isn't dangerous but not getting oxygen is

This would be my fear that at some point, someone would inhale too much and pass out or worse due to lack of oxygen. Also if it's a cannister and not balloons and the gas is released in a confined space, again the reduction in oxygen concentration could be dangerous.

Aprillygirl Fri 17-May-19 05:25:50

Me and a bunch of other adults (including the bride) and kids,(including mine) were doing this at a wedding reception back in the good old days before the experts decided to tell us it was dangerous.We are all still alive and kicking and it was THE best fun grin

kateandme Fri 17-May-19 08:27:12

me mum and dad did it when i was about that age with leftoever birthday balloon.really fun!

kateandme Fri 17-May-19 08:28:25

i dont think its a deff danger as such.but something one the off chance can go wrong.so your are putting yourself in a bit of risk.

Rangeloaf Fri 17-May-19 08:35:07

I’m just perplexed at all the posters declaring it THE BEST FUN and such. Surely it’s just mildly amusing for 20 seconds? You need more real fun in your lives!!

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